ABSTRACT

Archaeologies of Presence is a brilliant exploration of how the performance of presence can be understood through the relationships between performance theory and archaeological thinking. Drawing together carefully commissioned contributions by leading international scholars and artists, this radical new work poses a number of essential questions:

  • What are the principle signifiers of theatrical presence?
  • How is presence achieved through theatrical performance?
  • What makes a memory come alive and live again?
  • How is presence connected with identity?
  • Is presence synonymous with 'being in the moment'?
  • What is the nature of the ‘co-presence’ of audience and performer?
  • Where does performance practice end and its documentation begin?


Co-edited by performance specialists Gabriella Giannachi and Nick Kaye, and archaeologist Michael Shanks, Archaeologies of Presence represents an innovative and rewarding feat of interdisciplinary scholarship.

chapter 1|26 pages

Introduction: Archaeologies of presence

ByGABRIELLA GIANNACHI, NICK KAYE, MICHAEL SHANKS

part |2 pages

PART I Being here: Place and time

chapter 2|21 pages

How to defi ne presence effects: the work of Janet Cardiff

ByJanet Cardiff JOSETTE FÉRAL

chapter 3|14 pages

Environmental presence

ByGABRIELLA GIANNACHI

chapter 4|18 pages

Performance remains again

ByREBECCA SCHNEIDER

chapter 5|19 pages

Tension/release and the production of time in performance

ByJON ERICKSON

part |2 pages

PART II Being before: Stage and gaze

chapter 9|11 pages

Mis-spectatorship, or, ‘redistributing the sensible’

ByNICHOLAS RIDOUT

chapter 10|12 pages

Looking back: a conversation about presence, 2006

ByTIM ETCHELLS, GABRIELLA GIANNACHI, NICK KAYE

part |2 pages

PART III Traces: After presence

chapter 12|13 pages

Here and now

ByLYNN HERSHMAN LEESON AND MICHAEL SHANKS

chapter 13|22 pages

Photographic presence: time and the image

ByNICK KAYE

chapter 14|16 pages

Neither here nor there … : let’s talk about adult matters …

ByMIKE PEARSON